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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A strong ale which has a deep amber color. The bouquet and aroma is full and fruity, with a smooth, round and vinous taste.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 20, 2009
I love it! The nose is so good I could smell it for days. Rich, deep and hearty. Lots of hops and caramel. Really enjoyable. If your into malty brews these guys are the malt masters.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1418) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle shared at Loganís 2009 pre-GABF Party. Light brown pour. Oak and bourbon aromas. Beautiful blend of vanilla and pineapple flavors. This one was outstanding. Loved it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Draft at brewpub. Deep burgundy, decent head. Dark fruity aroma, like ripe blackberries. Malty sweet, with raisin and currant notes. Faint note of the pepsin candy gum I used to get in my Halloween bucket during my youth. Hint of hop bitterness in finish. A good brew.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Great barleywine. I like the mild bitterness on the finish, probably from a roasted malt more than a boiling hop. One of my favorites with Old Nick and Hog Heaven.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
geezerbeer (3) - USA - AUG 28, 2007 does not count
bomber, purchased from Marin Brewing Company direct. "burbon barrel aged" bottled 3/21/07. pours like treacle, as expected. aroma like a dessert wine, caramel and only slight alcohol considering the 9% tag. Iím new at the rating game but certainly canít taste bourbon. sweet, heavy. very mellow for a strong barleywine, very much enjoying it. I have openers regret, feel like itís going to get better. not to worry, I have a few more :).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Original sample courtesy of Pailhead. Also tried at Hard Liver, update those in due time. Brown with tannish/off-white head, fades to thin film. Heavy lacing. Huge toffee and caramel aroma up front, pretty big pine resin background, hints of citrus. Flavor exactly as aroma indicates, slight cardboard character through the middle is the only difference. Well balanced for a big beer. Mouthfeel/palate very thick and syrup like. Iím against the grain, but really dig it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6739) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2008
Hazy golden-tinged brown, dense tan head. Enticing aromas of burnt sugar, toffee, faint candied fig, and faint woody hops. Big rich malty palate, with flavours of demarara sugar, toffee, fig paste, dried cherries, and a solid woody hop finish. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (502) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Dark brown color with thick head. Robust floral bouquet mixed with with strong and sweet malty aroma. Taste of raisins, port, fresh bread with plenty of hops at the end to balance out the strong alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at Sunflower Market in Roseville, CA. The aroma on this is pleasant enough. Somewhat sweet with some raisin. I also get some leather and tobacco in the nose, too. Nicely aromatic. Moderately hazy amber body with a medium-ish manilla colored head. Starts sweet with some brown sugar flavors, which mirrors the aroma. Becomes a little roasted and burnt in the middle with leather and tobacco notes present. Ethanol is well-hidden. Definitely an English-style barleywine. I could see how some people would think this is a little too sweet. Somewhat reminiscent of Steve Altimariís Old Inventory, and thatís a real good thing!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Very dark, bold look, but unimpressive head. Deep fruit malty aroma is predictable, but thereís a also a zippy hoppiness, with red pepper spice and mustiness. Thick malty palate, chocolaty, smooth, creamy. Nice hop bite in the finish that does an excellent and controlled balancing job. For such a heavy ale there seems to be an appetizing freshness about it.


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